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A Cathartic Night on the Upper West Side

March 25th, 2013

Brandi Carlilie – Beacon Theatre – March 22, 2013


Brandi Carlile and her band sat in their New York City hotel room late last October and focused on the weather report. Hurricane Sandy had finally hit town, and it was much worse than anticipated. As it became evident that New Yorkers (and millions of others throughout the East Coast) would lose power, transportation, and—in a few heartbreaking circumstances—their lives, the shows were canceled. Carlile, devastated like the rest of America, was forced to skip the Big Apple and continue with her tour. But she didn’t forget about us. Instead, the singer-songwriter rescheduled the shows and even shipped up a massive backdrop of duck camouflage to bring a little “white-trash” feel, as she described it, to the Upper West Side on Friday night.

The show felt even more important, given the tragedies and difficulties many New Yorkers have faced since Sandy, and Carlile clearly exhibited a little extra oomph: “I think we’ve all officially beaten that hurricane,” she shouted to the crowd at the gorgeous old Beacon Theatre. Cheers reverberated throughout the acoustically perfect hall. And Carlile, keen enough to recognize that aspect of the venue, walked to the very front of the stage with her band. “It would be stupid,” she said only a few feet away from the front row, “not to use this room for what its meant for—great acoustics.” They launched into a terrific unplugged version of “What Can I Say” and received a standing ovation from the previously seated crowd for their efforts. It was a moment of delayed catharsis for ticket holders, one that highlighted the transformative power of music. And, really, that’s all any of us can hope for in a live show. —Alex Kapelman

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Brandi Carlile Plays the Beacon Theatre

October 26th, 2012

Brandi Carlile grew up outside Seattle with an affinity for country music, ’70s rock and a desire to perform, which she first did—with her mom—at just eight years old. She began writing music in her teens, and following stints backing an Elvis impersonator and working in other bands, Carlile (above, playing “The Story” for Austin City Limits) released her self-titled debut LP in 2005. Despite the singer-songwriter’s influences, she considers herself a folk musician, and her following two albums, each acclaimed, got some big-time support with T-Bone Burnett producing 2007’s The Story and Rick Rubin at the helm of Give Up the Ghost two years later. Her most recent disc, Bear Creek, released this past summer, is filled with Carlile’s soaring voice and stories of her family history. See her—along with freak-folk Americana purveyors Blitzen Trapper—on Sunday and Monday at the Beacon Theatre.

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Brandi Carlile – The Wellmont Theatre – July 31, 2012

August 1st, 2012


Photos courtesy of Brian C. Reilly | www.briancreilly.com

(Brandi Carlile plays the Beacon Theatre, with Blitzen Trapper, on 10/28 and 10/29.)

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Brandi Carlile Plays The Wellmont Theatre Tomorrow

July 30th, 2012

Brandi Carlile grew up outside Seattle with an affinity for country music, ’70s rock and a desire to perform, which she first did—with her mom—at just eight years old. She began writing music in her teens, and following stints backing an Elvis impersonator and working in other bands, Carlile (above, playing “100” for the Artists Den Spotlight Series) released her self-titled debut LP in 2005. Despite the singer-songwriter’s influences, she considers herself a folk musician, and her following two albums, each acclaimed, got some big-time support with T-Bone Burnett producing 2007’s The Story and Rick Rubin at the helm of Give Up the Ghost two years later. Her most recent disc, Bear Creek, released last month, is filled with Carlile’s soaring voice and stories of her family history. And the accompanying tour brings her to The Wellmont Theatre tomorrow night.

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Dave Matthews Band Caravan, Take Two

September 13th, 2011


Sometimes things don’t go exactly as planned, so you dust yourself off and get right back up again. That’s what happened when Hurricane Irene rained out the Dave Matthews Band Caravan originally planned for late August on Governors Island. But you can’t keep a good festival down, and so the Caravan is back—this time on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Randall’s Island. And while the lineup has changed, the bands are still killer. Dave Matthews Band (above, doing “Crush” in Central Park) plays a full set each night, and they’re joined by Dispatch, SOJA and TR3 (featuring Tim Reynolds) on Friday, Dispatch, Warren Haynes and Brandi Carlile on Saturday, and From Good Homes, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band, plus an acoustic performance by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, on Sunday. Not too shabby, right? Governors Island tickets will be valid for the corresponding date (e.g. Friday tickets valid for Friday only), and three-day passes will be valid for all three rescheduled dates. The weather looks great and as an added bonus for your patience, you can download a free split digital 7″ from the Dave Matthews Band and Dispatch here.